Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Tim McCaffrey, Principal
Hey Hey Hey! My journey of becoming an educator was not something I had in mind growing up. As a matter of fact I remember telling myself the one job I didn’t want to do is become a teacher. Like many kids I grew up thinking I was going to be a police officer or a doctor. When I started my first year of college at California State University San Bernardino I was a declared accounting major for no other reason than to make the big bucks. In my second quarter at CSUSB I had a gnarly vision that change my life. From that point on I viewed my life as a gift to give to others and what better way to give back than to become a teacher. I loved it! I felt like I came alive when I was with my students and pouring life into them. I found my calling. I knew why I was created…to help kids discover their purpose and pursue that relentlessly.
#WeAreAlmond #WeArePacers #WeAreFamily
I’m a Fontana guy; I grew up in Fontana graduating from Fontana High School (FOHI). I earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at CSUSB (that was tough…real talk) and began teaching mathematics at FOHI. It was so rad to teach alongside the teachers I had as a student myself. I earned a master’s degree in Education along with my teaching credential at Azusa Pacific University (APU). I thought I would be a little nerdy and keep going to school and earn a master’s degree in Education Leadership and earn my Administrative Credential. I continued teaching at Fontana Middle School and at Jurupa Hills High School.
I cannot think of a better way to live my life than to positively impact kids’ lives. I am so honored to serve the students and parents of my community. It is my dream to build a school where students can thrive and find their purpose. I want my students to have unique and relevant learning experiences that will set them apart from the rest. I am Mr. McCaffrey the humbled and proud Principal of Almond Elementary and we choose to live with intention and purpose each day.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Salvador Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
Mr. Rodriguez began his educational career in 2004 when he became a substitute teacher for the Fontana Unified School District. In 2005 he taught Mathematics and Engineering in the Pomona Unified School District. After 15 years of teaching, he decided to pursue a position in Administration. In 2019, He became the Assistant Principal to both Almond and Live Oak Elementary.
Mr. Rodriguez immigrated from Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico to Bell Gardens, CA. He later moved to Pomona, where he finally settled in the great city of Fontana. He has been a resident since. In 2001 earned a bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering then later earned a Master of Arts in Education from Azusa Pacific University.
Mr. Rodriguez is married with four amazing children. His beautiful wife is an elementary school teacher at Cypress Elementary. His children have all attended schools in Fontana and are true products of the Fontana Unified School District. His oldest child graduated from UCR and his twins are still in college. One attends UC Berkeley and the other attends Cal State San Bernardino. The youngest of the four attends Kaiser High School.
Mr. Rodriguez is passionate about serving his community as an educational leader and his philosophy is simple. Kids First! He constantly says how honored he feels to be able to serve such a talented group of teachers who dedicate their lives to nurturing and teaching our children. They are true heroes.
As your school’s Assistant Principal, he says it is he who is truly honored and humbled to be able to be part of your children’s lives.